[Beowulf] Consumer vs. Enterprise Hard Drives in Clusters

Anand Vaidya anandvaidya.ml at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 19:30:58 PST 2009

I remember  having read that "enterprise" drives are built to run nonstop (
24x7 ), whereas "consumer" disks are expected to be used briefly (2-3hrs?)
and then powered down daily.

So, the differences could be firmware, cooling & airflow, bearing
types (fluid vs ball) etc.


On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Greg Lindahl <lindahl at pbm.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 09:29:09PM -0500, Gus Correa wrote:
> > Any other suggestions of specific vendors
> > that may have better prices of enterprise (or consumer)
> > class drives, in bulk or not?
> My suggestion was that you ask a system integrator who actually sells
> a lot of enterprise drives.
> -- greg
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